Navy Biography

Vice Admiral Mark J. Edwards

Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for
Communication Networks (N6)

Vice Admiral Mark J. Edwards

Vice Admiral Mark J. Edwards was raised in Charlotte, N.C. He attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1972.


His first assignment was as the Combat Information Center Officer aboard USS Damato (DD 871), homeported in Newport, R.I. Subsequent sea tours were in San Diego and include Engineer Officer aboard USS Elliot (DD 967), Executive Officer on board USS Fletcher (DD 992), and Chief Staff Officer with Destroyer Squadron 17.


Vice Adm. Edwards’ command tours include USS Fletcher (DD 992) and USS Chosin (CG 65), both homeported in Pearl Harbor. In his first Flag tour he served as the Commander, Logistics Group, Western Pacific Singapore/Task Force 73/Task Force 712. He later served as Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 5/Nimitz Battlegroup from December 2001 through October 2002.


Significant shore assignments include instructor tours in Newport, R.I., at the Senior Officer Ship Material Readiness Course and the Surface Warfare Officer School Command as the director of the command department. He served in Washington on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as the branch head for surface warfare requirements and future plans and as the Navy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction. Most recently he served as Deputy Director for Surface Warfare Division (N76B), Director for Surface Warfare Division (N76), Acting Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs (N6/N7), and Director, Warfare Integration /Senior National Representative (N8F). Vice Adm. Edwards is currently serving as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Communication Networks (N6) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.


Vice Adm. Edwards’ awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with four Gold Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars and numerous unit and campaign awards.           

Updated: 17 June 2008